With the recent United Airlines overbooking fiasco, I can’t help wondering why DOT/FAA doesn’t require all airlines operating within our airspace(s) to book only the number of seats on their flights. Or require them to “reserve” a minimum of five seats for times when they are overbooked.
What I cannot understand, (in this age of blistering fast computers), why they overbook in the first place.
They know exactly how many seats are on their aircraft. So how come they don’t stop accepting reservations for that flight when the flight is full?
I know this seems like a simple solution, but the airlines will balk at being forced to “book to the number” because they want to be able to ‘overbook’ to increase their revenue stream.
But, really? Who is in charge? The airlines or the FAA?
I submit that this is a “Critical Safety Issue” – especially when paying passengers are beaten by airline employers.
By my way of thinking, when passengers are “endangered” (whether by faulty equipment or apish security guards), it becomes an issue that can be regulated.
If the DOT/FAA can’t or won’t address this “safety issue,” perhaps those in charge need to be changed.